Blog

Blog

Third Party Coverage Is a Key Coverage of Employment Practices Liability Insurance

The purpose of third-party coverage in an Employment Practices Liability (EPLI) policy is to protect an organization and its employees from accusations of wrongful acts committed against customers, clients, vendors, and suppliers. Some EPLI policies also cover wrongful acts committed by third parties against the insured’s employees. Harassment and...

Read More

Federal Rules Governing Civil Litigation Require Businesses to Keep Better Tabs on e-Documents

New rules, which took effect on December 1, 2006, require U.S. companies to keep better track of their employees’ e-mails, instant messages and other electronic documents in the event the companies are sued. These new rules are part of amendments to federal guidelines governing civil litigation and were approved...

Read More

More Workers’ Compensation Claims Made As the Result of Work-Related Traffic Accidents

According to the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety, both on- and off-the-job motor vehicle crashes cost employers $60 billion annually from 1998 through 2000. The problem is so widespread, that in a recent study, the National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc (NCCI) noted that traffic accidents are the...

Read More

Is Your Cyber-Policy Really Covering Your Technology-Related Exposures?

As businesses become increasingly reliant on technology to store sensitive information, the incidences of security breaches are becoming more prevalent. Each security breach increases the risk that a lawsuit or regulatory action could financially ruin a company and permanently damage its reputation. The situation is so bad, that some...

Read More

Naturally Occurring Substances Can Expose Construction Firms to Environmental Liability

What do silica, mercury, arsenic, pyrite, and asbestos have in common? They all are recognized as toxic substances, or contain toxic substances as defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Their very presence on a construction site presents a serious exposure for a construction contractor. There are potentially hazardous...

Read More

National Council on Compensation Insurance Says Younger Workers Are More Accident Prone

According to a study conducted by the National Council on Compensation Insurance, younger workers have more injuries and illnesses than older workers; but older workers have higher costs per claim. The researchers discovered that age is an important factor in overall claim costs, but the significance of age on...

Read More

Take Steps to Prevent Workplace Bias Claims Before They Happen

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently reported that work-related bias complaints increased to 75,768 during 2006 compared with 75,428 the previous year. Discrimination complaints had previously risen to a seven-year high of 84,442 in 2002, but then steadily decreased from 2003 to 2005. The most frequent complaints have remained...

Read More

The EEOC Strengthens Commitment to Filing Class Action Suits

In 2006, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission changed its strategy when it announced plans to file more class action suits. This shift was predicated on the decrease in the number of private-sector discrimination-related class action suits and increase in wage-hour class actions. As a result of this decline in...

Read More

Ten Tips for Avoiding Legal Malpractice

Statistics show that in any given year, a minimum of five to six insured lawyers out of every 100 in private practice experience a malpractice claim, according to the Colorado Bar Association. In other words, a firm with 20 lawyers could be the recipient of a claim every year....

Read More

A Well-Designed Affirmative Action Plan Can Help You Avoid Discrimination Lawsuits

In an article titled Litigation Explosion, which appeared in the December 10, 2006 edition of the Arizona Daily Star, author Becky Pallack discusses a University of Arizona study that says employee lawsuits are on the rise: “The researchers analyzed data from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and found...

Read More

Know Your Commercial General Liability Insurance Limits

A commercial general liability policy (CGL) lists six different limits on the policy’s declarations page. While the limits may be listed separately, it’s important to understand that they are all interrelated. That means that payment of damages for one limit will affect another limit. To illustrate how these limits...

Read More

Longevity Is Key When It Comes to Lawyer’s Professional Liability Claims

Retirement usually means not only leaving your job, but everything associated with that job. However, when a lawyer retires, this isn’t necessarily the case. Whether they are no longer practicing law, or starting an entirely new career, lawyers may find themselves haunted by liability claims arising from their past...

Read More

Do Your Employees Drive Personal Vehicles for Business-Related Purposes?

If an accident occurs while an employee or volunteer is operating their personal vehicle for company business, your company could be held liable.  Even when an employee is just running an errand, such as making a bank deposit, dropping off a proposal or picking up a part, if an...

Read More

Six Reasons Your Home-Based Business Needs a Small Business Policy

Like most new home-based business owners, you believe your homeowner or renter’s insurance coverage offers sufficient protection.  That is unfortunate, because in most instances these policies offer little to no coverage for business-related losses. Homeowner’s policies are not designed to cover business losses.  Most offer a small amount of...

Read More

Duke Study Says Obese Workers File More Worker Compensation Claims

A Duke University Medical Center study revealed that obese workers filed twice the number of workers’ compensation claims as non-obese workers. In addition the over-weight workers had 7 times higher medical costs from those claims and lost 13 times more days of work from work injury or work illness...

Read More

CERCLA Rights to Sue for Clean Up Costs Reinstated

In the case of United States v. Atlantic Research Corporation, the Supreme Court ruled that potentially responsible parties (PRPs) that voluntarily clean up contaminated sites may sue other PRPs to recover their cleanup costs under section 107 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). The reinstatement...

Read More

Certificates of Insurance – A Prudent Means to Avoid Costly Claims

More and more companies are hiring independent contractors to handle not only administrative matters, such as benefits and human resources, but also sales and distribution. With this delegation of authority to third-party suppliers comes less direct control over these operations, and greater becomes the need for clients to demand...

Read More

State Minimum Auto Liability Coverage is Inadequate

Sure, you’re a responsible driver. But is your state-minimum, bare bones auto insurance coverage really sufficient to cover your risks? Yes, every state imposes a minimum on liability insurance coverage. This coverage not only protects you against having creditors forcibly seize your assets and land you in bankruptcy court;...

Read More

Self-Insuring Workers’ Compensation Plans May Produce Premium Savings

Joining a workers’ compensation group self-insurance program may be a significant means for small and mid-sized employers to reduce operating costs. Such plans deliver savings by providing employers with considerable control over losses, medical care and rehabilitation, plus improving cash flow. While some companies self-insure workers’ compensation programs individually,...

Read More

Coping with Dog Bite Liability

You would have had to live underground with no radio, no TV, no phone, no Internet and no visitors for a couple of years not to know about the high-profile dog-bite trial in California.  A young woman was mauled and bitten to death by a dog bred for fighting. ...

Read More

Beyond Excess Policies

Most people have heard of an umbrella policy, or an excess policy as it is sometimes called. If you have high enough limits on your car and home insurance, it is likely that you can protect yourself from any extraordinary liability claims with such a policy for just a...

Read More

Accident Without Injuries Etiquette

Your teenage daughter misjudges the space when she goes around a turning vehicle, and just taps the car’s right rear bumper.  The other driver, an older woman, appears unhurt. She says, It’s Easter time, and I’m fine.  Let’s just forget about it.  You were riding with your daughter and...

Read More

Interview with Fowler & Associates

Local Website www.BayAreaForSale.com <http://www.BayAreaForSale.com> interview with Fowler & Associates Owner Justin Fowler   Many people have questions about homeowners insurance, we focused this article on the most basic questions that people ask about home insurance. For individual questions, please contact us. Additionally, if you have specific home insurance topics...

Read More

Strangers on Your Property and Attractive Nuisances: What’s Your Liability Exposure?

Strangers may come onto your property for all sorts of reasons:  a child chasing a ball that accidentally landed in your yard; a meter reader; customers for a yard sale, etc.  What’s your liability exposure, and does your homeowner’s insurance policy provide the coverage you need? There is normally...

Read More

Why You Need an Umbrella Policy?

Do you have enough liability insurance?  If there were a vehicle accident for which you were at fault, and a child were permanently disabled, would your auto liability policy offer enough coverage to pay for the skilled care the child would need for years to come?  If a young...

Read More

Posts Navigation